Several areas in Malabon City will be placed under a 15-day “special concern lockdown” starting Thursday (July 16) due to their rising number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.
According to the local government, the following are the areas to be placed on lockdown until July 30: P. Concepcion and Tumariz St. in Barangay Tugatog; University Avenue Extension and Guava Street in Barangay Potrero; 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Street and the C-4 Road in Barangay Tañong; Gozon Letre and Phase 1 in Barangay Tonsuya; and Block 14 A and Block 14 C in Barangay Longos.
Bong Padua, the head of the city’s public information office, said the lockdown was approved by the Malabon City Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases on Tuesday afternoon to allow the local government to easily “test and trace those suspected” COVID-19 patients.
“Mabilis ang transmission ng COVID-19 sa mga lugar na ‘yan kaya kailangan i-lockdown (The COVID-19 transmission rate in those areas is fast so they need to be placed under lockdown) ,” he wrote in a Viber message.
During the period of lockdown, no residents will be allowed to go outside their houses, except those authorized persons outside residence (APOR), the local government said.
Padua added that the local government will provide food assistance to the residents affected.
Meanwhile, those who are already showing COVID-19 symptoms will also undergo either swab or rapid tests, he added.
At 12 p.m. of July 14, 54 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Malabon, bringing the total to 936, 495 of which are active cases, 76 are deaths, and 365 are recoveries.